This is a very rare pattern German complete Ostkette track link this is the rare to find 1944 pattern link which is complete but is very rusty. The link which has bent upwards clear to see from a impact hit or explosion when the tank was hit the link does have some rust damage and rust holes in a couple of places but has been very nicely cleaned it is in nice solid condition it has been treated so rust will not get any worse it is perfect for display or any collection and hard one to get in the collection. This track link is from a German Panzer 4 tank of the 12th SS Panzer Division recovered in 2007 from the surface of the woods in the Ardennes Forest outside the village of Krinkelt which was attacked on the 17-18 December by them during the Battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944-1945. A very rare relic from this famous battle that comes with a A5 laminated information sheet.
During the night of December 17-18, tanks from the 12th SS (now extricated from the mud) broke through the U. S. line and pushed into Krinkelt, only to be expelled by a hasty counterattack. The 12th SS Panzer Division “Hitler Youth” lost 67 of its 136 tanks in the first three days of the battles for Krinkelt and Rocherath. The fighting was fierce and, because the American soldiers had heard that the SS were shooting captives, few prisoners were taken by either side.
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